Friday, 28 March 2008
Canadian Film Fest 08 Day 3 - March 27/08
I'm starting to feel like I live at #9, which sounds straight out of Coronation Street but alas the location is the Carlton. How I've managed to resist popcorn for all three days is a feat that surprizes me. But, when it comes down to it, it isn't about the location nor the food but it's about the films. So here they are, shorts and features alike.
(Jill Carter, Karen Cliche from Moment)
Dir: Jill Carter
Cast: Karen Cliche, Jefferson Brown, Jason Gautreau
Impressions: This is a gorgeous and touching short film reflecting on the power of a moment. How much a glance or a smile can affect us. An outstanding achievement.
For more on Moment check out their website
Writers/Dir: Deborah Marks & Steve Solomos
Cast: Shauna MacDonald, Brandon McGibbon, Tim Rozon, Maury Chaykin
Impressions: This film played to a filled to the brim and excited audience whom appeared to relate very well to the subject matter: the inner workings of a production office for a film. Although there was no smooth sailing for this office there was a lot of entertainment value from far fetched stories to razzing people out to the ultimate creative problem solving. The colourful use of language had me dumbfounded at more than one occasion. I think we may just have found the new sailors in town!
(crew & cast members of Production Office)
Dir: James Wilkes
Cast: Kerr Hewitt, Justin Kim, Laura Burns
Impressions: An interesting idea is here and it is well executed but I have to admit I had to look away during the violent moments, of which their were quite a few in this short film.
For more on Desmond Coy check out the trailer (includes disturbing images)
Dir: KC Bascombe
Cast: Christian Kane, Rachel Miner, Polly Shannon, Beth Grant
Impressions: This film includes almost as many genres as Big Trouble in Little China. It has elements of westerns, crime, romance, revenge, thriller and horror. A criminal couple with varying levels of remorse encounters various obstacles while on the road. Although the violence level hits high for some tolerance levels, this films is worth checking out. It is beautifully shot and includes excellent performances by the two leads Christian Kane (Lindsey from "Angel") and Rachel Miner. It is an outstanding production, and one of the best of the festival. I'm sure it will keep me thinking for a long time.
For more on Hide check out their website
Dir: Michelle Nolden
Cast: Jack Knight, Allegra Fulton
Impressions: It is astonishing the range of emotions captured in this strong short film as it allows us to partake in the moments of a brief encounter between two people.
Dir: Marc Thomas-Dupuis
Cast: Elias Varoutsos, Raphael Roussel
Impressions: The wild thing about Places Everyone was the language. I think it's fair to say there are two protagonists who are friends and one of them speaks almost exclusively French while the other speaks English. Totally wild. The themes of the film revolve around ideas what to do next, which is always a good question. Where will you go next?
For more on Places Everyone check out their website
There are still two days of the festival left some check it out and be part of the crowd!
The Canadian Film Fest runs from March 25-29/08 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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